"The answer to what???", I know you are thinking.
The answer to trying to be perfect or striving for perfection.
The thing is, if you walked into my house you wouldn't discover some red lipped, apron wearing domesticated version of me asking if you would like some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Instead you might find I look in the fridge, find nothing suitable and offer you some tea or water. You accept it with kindness because you are lovely, and even over look that I've placed your glass on the table that has cat hair on it... I know, less than perfect scenario. But alas, it's time to be honest!
In the same vein, while you and I sit and chat in my living room, I bring out the latest piece of knitting that I am working on and you can't help but wonder what exactly I'm trying to make. I explain that it's just the beginning of this or that and you nod appreciatively because you have heard that Jennine sometimes gets up to weird things. Little did you know, that I had actually been working my butt off on this project but due to it's lack of perfection in being obviously clear on what it is going to be, I pass it off in an uneasy moment as "this little thing".
"What's your point Jennine"... Well, the above three paragraphs were my introduction to telling you about my new heroine Kim Werker, the founder of Mighty Ugly. Now stop me if you've heard of this, but really don't because this is after all, my blog. The Mighty Ugly, in my own words, is an attempt to unleash the fear of failure, the fear of not achieving perfection and getting rid of the word 'perfect' all together, WTF is perfect anyway? After signing up to the newsletters, I received a motivating letter to try out their first project - to make an ugly creature, like seriously ugly. With the encouraging words that I relate to oh so well such as:
"But what happens when we find it a real challenge to create attractive things with our own hands? We’re hard on ourselves. We say things like, “I can’t do it.” “I’m untalented.” “I’m not creative.” “I’m a terrible artist.” And we stop making stuff. Or we only make stuff we feel we’re good at. Well, screw it. Ugly gets short shrift, and it’s just not fair. And beyond that, you might be surprised by what you feel and think when you try hard to make something hideous."
So, I have a new mantra and I'm doing my own dance to my own drum. Starting right now, there's one more resident in UgLy TOwn. I implore you to peruse the writings of this website and even dare to make something ugly. If nothing more - redefine for yourself what perfection is and strive to make only what YOU love!